Donald Trump said he would investigate media outlets like NBC News and MSNBC if he retakes the White House in 2024, according to a post on Truth Social, the social media network he founded in 2022. Trump’s comments come on the heels of extremely inflammatory rhetoric shared by the former president over the weekend, including a suggestion that Gen. Mark Milley should be executed.
“They are almost all dishonest and corrupt, but Comcast, with its one-side and vicious coverage by NBC NEWS, and in particular MSNBC, often and correctly referred to as MSDNC (Democrat National Committee!), should be investigated for its ‘Country Threatening Treason.’” Trump wrote Sunday on Truth Social.
Trump continued in his extremely long post by insisting that NBC was making a campaign contribution to the Democrats, and informed his followers what he would do to so-called liberal media outlets if he wins the presidency in 2024.
“I say up front, openly, and proudly, that when I WIN the Presidency of the United States, they and others of the LameStream Media will be thoroughly scrutinized for their knowingly dishonest and corrupt coverage of people, things, and events,” Trump continued.
“Why should NBC, or any other of the corrupt & dishonest media companies, be entitled to use the very valuable Airwaves of the USA, FREE? They are a true threat to Democracy and are, in fact, THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE! The Fake News Media should pay a big price for what they have done to our once great Country!” Trump wrote.
The comments come after Trump made another social media post over the weekend suggesting Gen. Milley should’ve been put to death for not following his orders.
“This guy turned out to be a Woke train wreck who, if the Fake News reporting is correct, was actually dealing with China to give them a heads up on the thinking of the President of the United States. This is an act so egregious that, in times gone by, the punishment would have been DEATH! A war between China and the United States could have been the result of this treasonous act. To be continued!!!” Trump wrote on Truth Social.
Trump isn’t the only one who’s escalated his rhetoric in recent days. Rep. Paul Gosar, a Republican from Arizona, wrote in his email newsletter this weekend that Mark Milley should be hanged for treason, according to Mediaite. I’ve previously written about how Trump hasn’t rejoined social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter precisely because he doesn’t want anyone to turn off his megaphone if and when he tries to stage another coup attempt like the one witnessed on January 6, 2021.
Previously, elected officials and former presidents calling for the deaths of their fellow Americans would’ve been front page news. But Trump and Gosar are able to spread extremist messages on platforms like Truth Social and their own newsletters without much notice from many of the nation’s most important news outlets.
But it seems like the American public more broadly ignores Trump’s ranting at its peril. In fact, the Washington Post just released a poll overnight that shows Trump favored by voters 52% to just 42% for President Joe Biden. And while many pollsters warn it’s an outlier, it shows that Trump’s loss in 2024 isn’t a certainty, even as he faces 91 felony counts in four different jurisdictions across the country.
Trump has a real shot at winning again, if the polls are to be believed. And if he’s accusing people of treason and talking about executing people in the media, he needs to be taken seriously.